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P.S. Art 2018, Exhibition of Art by NYC Public School Students Showcased on Iconic Digital Screen in Times Square’s Duffy Square


New York, NY — June 20, 2018 — The Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) kicked off a five-day digital art presentation showcasing the work of 28 New York City public school students ranging from prekindergarten through the 12th grade. The 27 works of art that were displayed on Clear Channel’s screen in Times Square's Duffy Square continued to showcase through Sunday, June 24. The 27 works of art were done individually, except for one which was a collaboration between two student artists. The presentation is in collaboration with P.S. Art 2018: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids, a project of the New York City Dept. of Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Studio in a School NYC. 


Fred Rosenberg, President of the Times Square Advertising Coalition and Senior Vice President of Sherwood Equities; Paul King, Executive Director, Office of Arts & Special Projects at the NYC Dept. of Education; Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Alejandro Cruz-Mercado, third-grade student from PS 48 in Manhattan; Melonie Knight, twelfth-grade student from Brooklyn High School of the Arts were among the speakers at the launch event on June 20.


Additional attendees included TSAC leadership, dignitaries from the New York City Department of Education, Studio in a School NYC, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and featured student artists and their families.


 “Every year I’m amazed at the talent and creativity from these local student artists. TSAC is honored to take part in displaying their work for the fourth year in a row,” said Fred Rosenberg, President of The Times Square Advertising Coalition and Senior Vice President of Sherwood Equities. “There is no better outdoor venue than Times Square to showcase this fabulous art.”


“Through our commitment to rigorous arts education, we are empowering student creativity and exploration at all ages,” said Paul King, Executive Director, Office of Arts & Special Projects at NYC Dept. of Education. “Congratulations to this year’s PS Art exhibitors! We can’t wait to see where your talents take you.”


Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Museum’s Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education, said, “Now in its 11th year, P.S. Art continues to be an incredibly rewarding opportunity to showcase the creative voices of young artists at The Met. The students’ works beautifully highlight the diversity of voices and approaches to making art. It is all the more exciting to have a selection of these works shared in Times Square for the world to see.”


“Art is used in many ways, probably to communicate or to express yourself and probably to give you a message, an important message,” said Alejandro Cruz-Mercado, a third-grader from P.S. 48. “Since a long time ago we’ve made these discoveries and some of these discoveries have led us into art, you see everything around here that we made is art.” Alejandro’s work What a Day in New York City was shown in the Times Square showcase.


“Thank you for realizing and supporting the importance of art within the youth and public school communities.” said Melonie Knight, a twelfth-grader from Brooklyn High School of the Arts. “Being in a state of adolescence, I am constantly exposed to the terrorizing realities of self-value and the discovery of ones placement in the world. With this headspace, I craved an output. Art allows me to communicate the realities I face in healthy, abstract ways.” Her work The Walk was shown in the Times Square showcase.


NYC Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza commented on the importance of such exhibitions as P.S. Art and said, “My earliest memories are of playing music, so I know firsthand that giving young people a platform to display their artwork can be key to finding their passion. PS Art is an example of the endless possibilities when we invest in art classrooms across the City and encourage students to engage, experiment and create.”


NYC City Council Speaker Corey Johnson also commented on the exhibition and said, “It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the arts ‒ you can always find me singing and dancing or taking in a great show. The P.S. Art 2018 exhibition is yet another show I am excited about, and it gets me more excited to see New York City public school students pursue their passions. I am in awe of our city’s students’ incredible work for which they should be so proud of. I thank Chancellor Richard Carranza for spearheading this project and a heartfelt thank you to all the students for sharing their talents with us.”


The 27 works of art selected for the Times Square showcase are part of a larger exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The 121 works in this year’s Met exhibition represent 123 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in public schools throughout the five boroughs. This annual juried exhibition of works of art in all media created by New York City public school students will be on view and open to the public from June 12 through October 21, 2018, at The Met Fifth Avenue. P.S. Art highlights the talent and creativity of these young artists and champions art making as a way to appreciate the cultures, life experiences, and traditions across the city. The works were chosen from over 1,200 submissions, and the final decisions were made by a jury comprised of distinguished members of the art community, including members of The Met staff.


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Times Square Advertising Coalition (TSAC) is a trade association comprised of signage marketing companies, landlords, sign maintenance companies, real estate firms, media companies and other businesses involved in the Times Square Out of Home signage industry. Members of TSAC include: Clear Channel Outdoor, Daktronics, Jamestown One Times Square, Landmark Sign & Electric, GFP Real Estate, North Shore Neon, Sansi, Sherwood Outdoor, SL Green Realty, and The Times Square Alliance. www.timessquareadcoalition.org